[TowerTalk] TOWER HEATER???
Joe - WDØM
WD0M at centurytel.net
Tue Nov 2 11:14:49 EST 2004
Having lived in Alaska for many years, we never even thought about heating
a tower.....antennas may suffer from time-to-time. For a picture of the
impact of icing on antennas and towers, check my old WL7M web site - the
picture is toward the bottom of the page.....scroll down to find it....
It survived fine, despite having about 3 inches of ICE on it......
I agree with Roger....we basically do nothing. Nature takes care of
it. If you go out and bang the tower with a hammer or 2x4 section, you're
going to have to run fast or the ice will hit you as it falls - not a good
thing to do.....leave it alone.
At 09:06 AM 11/2/2004, Tower (K8RI) wrote:
>>What is the best way (IF any) to keep your tower from icing
>>in the winter???
>>You Canadian boys found a way to prevent this yet??
>Towers really don't ice up in the winter *except* during an ice
>storm. It's far harder on the antennas than the tower.
>We had an ice storm (believe it was in 76) that took out over a mile of
>power line just to the West of me. The lines had over 3" of ice on them.
>In the wind it busted off every one of those poles. We had a maximum spam
>feeding the power pole. The lines coming up to the poles had stretched to
>the point where the bottom of the catenary was only 3' off the ground
>*after* the ice had melted.
>I didn't lose a single tower of antenna, but they looked pretty sick with
>all the ice on them. When the ice fell off they straightened right back up.
>When the rain starts freezing I do occasionally think of what I might
>possibly do to prevent it, or get rid of it.
>But the straight answer is, nornmally we do nothing.
>Roger Halstead (K8RI, EN73 & ARRL Life Member)
>N833R, World's Oldest Debonair (S# CD-2)
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